The overwhelming popularity of the Nintendo Switch's Super Mario Odyssey proves that the 30-odd-year-old princess-saving ex-plumber is just as beloved and exciting a property now as he was back in his ape-hammering days.
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The agreement could allow Illumination to make multiple "Super Mario" movies, though only one is now planned, this person added.
Nintendo is close to signing a licensing deal with Illumination Entertainment-the animation studio behind Despicable Me and Minions-to bring an animated Super Mario Bros. movie to the big screen.
The animated Super Mario Bros. film is now in "early development", which doesn't mean much. That means it will be several years before the movie is ready for release in theaters.
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Nintendo hasn't made deals for movies or TV shows based on any of its marquee characters since 1993's commercially and critically disastrous "Super Mario Brothers" starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper. This can be the next awaited animated film of Hollywood.
Of course, this won't be the first Mario movie if it happens. That makes a lot of sense, considering Minions is ranked #13 for worldwide (non-inflation adjusted, for what that's worth) box office totals, and Kimishima also mentioned a preference for animated adaptations in his comments about prospective partnerships.
There's nothing further to report at this time, but we'll keep you informed as updates roll in.
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